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Fair Trade - Empower Women through Income-Generation
Make a difference, Change a life with your paper bead or fair trade craft purchase. All profits from product sales go to our Ugandan women beaders and to projects and programs in the communities where our women's income-generation groups are located. We focus on those projects identified by the women which we believe will have the most impact on helping the communities and women's group members overcome poverty. Most of our U.S. labor is volunteer. This is not a handout. It is a hand up which allows our women to build their own sustainable businesses that they can do in Uganda to support themselves and their families. We also provide in depth business and leadership training to help them run successful businesses. We endeavor to: "Change Lives. Overcome Poverty Together." To find out more, click the "Outreach Uganda" tab in the top right corner of the page or at the bottom of the page.
Handcrafted and Creative
Our wonderfully creative Ugandan beaders hand roll strips of glossy paper into a bead shape. The bead is not painted, but becomes the color of the paper that was used. Later, the bead is coated with a lacquer so that the beads can withstand rain, snow and moisture.
Colorful and Unique
By its very nature of being hand-crafted, each product is unique and hard to duplicate. We hope the necklaces and bracelets will fascinate you and that you will want to buy many of them. But we ask that you please be flexible as to the exact color of the product. Most items are blends of many different colors and many different shades. Paper beads also come in many shapes and sizes depending on the paper used. Our beaded products are made for teens and adults.
Besides giving a unique gift for birthdays and other special occasions, your purchase helps our beaders be able to send their children to school and buy much needed medicines. All purchases include our "How Beads are Made" handout plus a special tag which tells about the beader group that made it.
Be a Peacemaker
Our products help promote peace by helping those less fortunate earn money to buy those things that they need such as food, shelter and clothing; and to work for some of the things they want to make life good. We hope that you will find our products enrich your life. By buying these items where a huge percentage of the money goes back to the people that produced them, you in turn will enrich the lives of others. Isn't this where peace really begins?